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Events for October 7, 2022

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month at locations throughout Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries and studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Exhibitors feature artists, music, and special offers. Retailers and restaurants can offer discounts and specials. There's something and somewhere for everyone. First Friday is free and open to all.

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206-208 Fayetteville St
206 Fayetteville Street - Downtown Raleigh
NC MetalWorks Art Gallery

206 Fayetteville Street

Empire Properties & Summerglen Studios present a pop-up gallery showcasing metal art in the crosshairs of downtown Raleigh at 206 Fayetteville Street.


Matt McConnell, Paul Spinak, Bill Hickman, Lucas House & Shopspace

4 N Blount St
4 N Blount St - Downtown Raleigh
MCC | Author Carter Holmes
6pm - 8pm

St. John's MCC presents author and speaker, Carter Holmes. Carter will talk about his new book Happy Gay Christian Hereafter.

Carter Neill Holmes speaks, life coaches, and organizes retreats for gay Christians. He steps away from successful science and performing arts careers to share the secret tragedy of his twenties. He provides a happy path forward for the discouraged. What’s his agenda? Give people permission to choose their beliefs. Carter lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Amorino Raleigh: Excellence in Italian Gelato
137 E Davie St - Moore Square District
20% off entire purchase
6pm - 9pm

Get 20% off your entire purchase on First Friday at Amorino Raleigh!!

201 East Davie Street - Moore Square District
Artspace First Friday
6pm - 10pm

Free! Come by Artspace this First Friday for:

-Defaced/Enshrined with work by Rosa Leff + Kelly Walker in Gallery 1
-Corrientes Latinas/Latin Currents with work by the Inter-Latin American Artists Collaborative in Gallery 2
-Unshackled: Culture in the Age of Mass Incarceration in the Upfront Gallery featuring artworks created by community members during incarceration and was produced by North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and Impartial.
-Interactive Graffiti Wall in the Education Room, 6-8:30pm
-Sounds by DJ Luxe Posh, 7-9pm
-Voter registration with You Can vote, 6-10pm

The Burrow
119 E Hargett St - Moore Square District
The Burrow's Grand opening Market
5pm - 9pm

Join us for the opening of The Burrow!
Downtown Raleigh's newest Vendor Market and Creative Space
Enjoy 15+ Vendors, music, and grab a drink from Landmark next door
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Church on Morgan
136 E Morgan St - Moore Square District
Church on Morgan First Friday | Ashley Whiteside Art
6pm - 8pm

Come view the art of interior stylist and abstract artist, Ashley Whiteside.

Curate Raleigh
15 W Hargett St - Fayetteville Street District
First Friday Raleigh @ Curate
6pm - 9pm

Curate is open late for First Friday Raleigh on October 7th! Join us from 6-9p for complimentary drinks and shop from over 60 local NC artists + makers!

Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St - Warehouse District
Tour the Designed For Joy Studio
5pm - 7pm

Designed For Joy provides employment and support to women in crisis. Come tour our studio and shop our brand of leather handbags, jewelry and home decor in the Warehouse District.

Gallery C
540 N Blount St - Capital District
"The Isness of Being" Paintings by Bassmi Ibrahim
6pm - 8pm

Gallery C is pleased to present the first North Carolina exhibition of Bassmi Ibrahim.

Gallery C is the exclusive representative for the estate of Bassmi Ibrahim in the state of North Carolina. Bassmi’s abstract work has gained national recognition for it’s fluid layers of spiritual beauty.

Libations 317
317 W Morgan St - Warehouse District
Libations First Friday Specials
6pm - 9pm


Milk Bar
410 Glenwood Ave - Glenwood South District
First Friday Night Market with DRA
5pm - 9pm

We have been working on a special one of a kind First Friday Night Market with Downtown Raleigh Alliance. We will be on Tucker Street at Glennwood Ave in front of Milk Lab. Come check out our vendors while you listen to Niito

Moore Square
200 S Blount St - Moore Square District
First Friday Movie Night, Market & Food Trucks (Free Movie + Live Entertainment)
5pm - 9pm

Join us every month for First Friday Markets and Movie Night at Moore Square with local growers, makers and food trucks! There will be entertainment plus a free outdoor movie at sundown.

Event Info:
Market: 5:00-9:00 pm
Live Music: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Free Movie: “Jurassic Park” Starts at sundown around 7:30 pm (presented by the City of Raleigh!)

So come on down and bring a blanket or a chair and relax on the lawn for the movie, stroll through the market, grab a snack and experience the best of the Raleigh summer nights.

North Street Beer Station
521 W North St - Glenwood South District
Games on Glenwood Scavenger Hunt
6:30pm - 8pm

Hosted by Search in the City

Play ski ball, darts, and sharpen your bargaining skills as you traverse around Glenwood South! Visit 6 small businesses on Glenwood South and at each one play a different challenging game. Will you win the gold?

Prizes from local businesses!

Adventure - Complete challenges to get clues and try to be the first team to get to the end

Meet at North Street Beer Station/Downtown Raleigh


We will email you further details about the hunt after you sign up

The Raleigh Times Bar
14 E Hargett St - Fayetteville Street District
In Pursuit of Hoppiness: Hi-Wire Tap Takeover
7pm - 11pm

“In Pursuit of Hoppiness” High Wire Tap Takeover at The Times is Friday, Oct. 7, from 7-11PM!

During First Friday our taps will have a bunch of your Hi-Wire faves, including Dragon Fruit Kiwi Margarita Fruit Tart, Wickles Pickles, Bed of Nails English Brown Ale, and much more.

We’ll also have the Jacob Harshman Project in the house with live music, plus local vendors at The Morning Times Market!

Come join the freakshow, and enjoy the greatest tap takeover on Earth. 

Sir Walter Coffee
145 E Davie St - Moore Square District
Sir Walter Coffee Presents: Coffee House Sessions
7pm - 11pm

DJ MIKE and DJ VANN are back to help us celebrate First Friday! Come out and enjoy live music and drink specials.

State of Beer Bottle + Sandwich Shop
401 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Artisan Mini Market
5pm - 8pm

State of Beer & Pop-Up Raleigh have joined forces to bring more art to downtown. Every First Friday, a handful of our favorite local artisans will be popping up inside & around the patio at State of Beer on Hillsborough Street. In addition to the bottle shop, a rotating menu of delicious sandwiches, salads and drinks will be available. The vibe is casual and this is a family friendly event with something for everyone-even the pup!

Taverna Agora
326 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Greek Night at Taverna Agora
8pm - 11pm

Looking for something fun and adventurous to do? Join us at Taverna Agora on every First Friday of the month for Greek Night! A Night to experience the sounds, food and culture of the Greek Isles.

Greek Culture is very much about the celebration of life, family and friends. Our Greek Night is a celebration of Greek Culture, showcasing the food, drink, songs and dancing of our much loved heritage. From the traditional recipes, with a modern flare, the music throughout the dining rooms and upstairs rooftop patio, decor and entertainment, you will be swept away to another place. You may even find yourself planning your next Greek vacation after your visit with us!

Enjoy live entertainment, including belly dancing, and bouzouki music, all while having an authentic Greek dinner! And don’t just think you’ll get away with watching all the dancing! We’ll be moving out the tables and encouraging dancing as the night goes on! Don’t be shy!

Unorthodox Vintage
206 S Wilmington St - Fayetteville Street District
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Friday October 7th we will have local singer song writer Kate Rhudy— An American Folk Pop and Country Artist In shop for an intimate gathering! She will be taking us through the feels of her Sophomore album, Dream Rooms! Doors open at 7pm, come out to shop some vintage and support your local artist!